Edwin Gould (1866-1933) – Capitalist
Edwin Gould was an American capitalist and railway official who was the son of railroad financier Jay Gould. Gould accomplished many things during his life, including serving as secretary of the St. Louis, Arkansas, and Texas Railway; serving as Vice-President and President of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway and serving as President of the Five Boroughs Realty Company..
The philanthropic work of Gould’s mother-in-law, Hester Shrady, was a major influence on his life. Shrady donated a great deal of her time and money to the Messiah Home for Children. Gould and his wife, Sarah, were so moved by her example that they began making contributions of money, food, clothing and their time to the Sheltering Arms Children Services. With the untimely death of his son, Gould received a large basket of roses from the children of Sheltering Arms at the funeral, one rose from each child at the orphanage. Gould was so touched, that he devoted his fortune and time in their behalf. Lakeside School was the first program under Edwin Gould’s direct administration and he also supported the Kingsland School in Bronx, New York. In 1923, through a special act of the New York Legislature, Gould established the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children to ensure that these services for children would not cease after his death.
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